This week we begin in the book of Leviticus, Leviticus is the third book of the Bible and mostly consists of priestly literature, so it isn’t unexpected that in Greek Leviticus mean relating to the Levites. The reading (Lv 13:1-2,44-46) we are given the beginning of a chapter and skip to like the middle of the chapter to end it and in this chapter there are some rules that were set forth by the Lord. It just so happens to be leprosy. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying that if someone looks like they have leprosy the individual should go to the priest and if he is leprous and unclean the priest will declare so. Then we are given some instruction as what lepers are to do “they shall keep their garments rent, head bare, muffle his beard and cry out “unclean”” this individuals also should live apart from the world.
In this week’s installment of Paul letter to Corinth: part 1, Paul tells us to do everything for the glory of the Lord and try to please everyone in every way. This is a big thing right here try to do everything for the Lord and being considerate for our fellow humans. This is something that many politicians struggle with today crossing the aisle and working with one another for the greater good. It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from we should all be striving to build the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
Turning to the Gospel we return to where we left off last week and the talk of lepers continues as well. Jesus was approached by a leper who knelt down before Jesus saying “You can make me clean” Jesus stretches out his hand and the leprosy left the man. Jesus then tells the man to not tell anyone of what had happened and go show himself to the priest and make the proper sacrifice as prescribed in Leviticus. The man would go and tell everyone of what had happened and Jesus didn’t even have a chance to enter the city. This is a unique feature of Mark’s Gospel Jesus telling people to stay quiet about the event they just saw. Leprosy may not afflict us in our lives but we all are sinners and sin makes us unclean. So we should be going to the priest and telling them our sins and being forgiven of them. As we inch closer to Lent I hope that we are all inspired by the message to go to confession at some point during the season.